Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet

Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet

'I could have done with a copy of Ad Astra in December 2015!' – Tim Peake
‘A wonderful, wise and witty guide for space explorers everywhere.' – Richard Osman
‘A must read both for intrepid space explorers and misty-eyed dreamers. Now, to space!’ – Hannah Fry
‘Few people are more knowledgeable, celebratory and witty about space travel than Dallas Campbell.’ – Adam Rutherford

Need some space?

For almost all human history we’ve been firmly rooted to the Earth. And, sure, it's got some good things going for it: nice views, friendly inhabitants, good coffee. Air. But what if you want to get off?
 
Whether you've got itchy feet and need a bit of a break, or you’re looking for a complete change of scene, this book has all the information you'll need to leave, with FREE expert advice from the men and woman who can actually make it happen. 
 
Do I need a passport? How do I know if I have the right stuff? Can I take my dog? What spacesuit do I need? Where am I going to go? What am I going to eat?
 

As well as being a deeply impractical guide to getting off the planet, this is an eclectic and beautifully illustrated mix-tape of space travel stories – both real and imagined. From the migrating lunar geese that flew us to the moon in the 1600’s, to Elon Musk’s wild plan to get humans to Mars en masse in the future; from the history of early rocket science to the Soviet tortoises that secretly won the space race.
 
A collection for anyone who has looked up in wonder at the stars... And then wondered how to get there.

‘The next best thing to actually heading off into space.’ – Jim Al-Khalili
‘Few people are more knowledgeable, celebratory and witty about space travel than Dallas Campbell.’ – Adam Rutherford
‘If, like me, you dream of going into space, this is definitely the place to start the journey.’ – Dan Snow
‘A must have volume for astronauts and armchair astronauts alike.’ – Helen Sharman OBE
‘Funny, factual and beautiful.’ – Shaun Keavney
‘Read it, make notes, and be ready when the day comes.’ – Helen Czerski
  • Simon & Schuster UK | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781471164057 | 
  • October 2017
List Price £16.99 (price may vary by retailer)

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Dallas Campbell

Dallas Campbell has presented some of the most ambitious landmark series across the BBC, such as City in the Sky with Dr Hannah Fry and Stargazing Live with Dara O'Brian and Brian Cox, which included broadcasting Astronaut Tim Peake's historic live launch to the International Space Station and was nominated for a BAFTA. In 2014, Dallas embarked on a six-part international series for National Geographic and he continues to regularly present for the Horizon Guide series on BBC4. In 2016 he went back in time to re-create 'Television's First Night', for the 80th anniversary of BBC television. Dallas is a regular contributor to the BBC's science magazine Focus, The Times' Eureka magazine and has written for The Observer. 

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